A Stay in the Green Tea Heartlands
Live and breathe Japan’s beautiful countryside, with this hands-on farm stay
Long-prized for its healthful properties that help boost the immune system, green tea is one of Japan’s greatest gifts to the world. Now, take this chance to explore the beautiful countryside of Shizuoka Prefecture, the largest tea-producing area in Japan, and enjoy an overnight stay in a farmhouse that has been transformed into a traditional inn.
You’ll learn about how green tea is made, including traditional growing techniques recognized by the United Nations as a Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System, and can even help tea farmers with their work. Depending on the time of year, you may harvest leaves, take a tour of a tea factory, or cut grass to prepare for the next planting season.
Access: From Tokyo Station, take the Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen bullet train to Kakegawa Station (about 1 hour and 30 minutes); a shuttle bus to the hotel is available (about 15 minutes; reservation required).
1708 Ono, Kakegawa-shi, Shizuoka-ken
One night, two days or more